Coal Mines Historic Site
The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine, established as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts.
Along with the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines Historic Site is included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.
A visit to the Coal Mines is a fascinating and rewarding adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site.
The Site is open every day, entry is free and no bookings are necessary.
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Upcoming bird survey
This Monday will be our monthly bird survey at the coal mines historic site. Everyone with a vague interest in birds is welcome – just bring binoculars and a bird ID book if you have them (don’t worry if you don’t – we can share) and wear your best drab clothing. Also, please let […]
Battling stinging nettle and bracken
Last week we spent the morning around the convict precinct removing stinging nettles (non-native), thistles and bracken from around the prisoner barracks and solitary cells. In the afternoon we were up at the explosives magazine giving that a tidy up (see photo). Hopefully the bracken there will finally see sense and stop re-growing soon. For […]